5 Apr 2018

Fresh Discovery findings could battle climate change

She is one of the world’s most famous ships and is synonymous with British scientific endeavour, and more than a century after her historic expedition to Antarctica, RRS Discovery is still revealing her secrets. An examination of biological samples returned to Britain by Captain Scott and his crew in 1904 has revealed potentially crucial information for future studies into climate change. Specimens of cyanobacteria – commonly known as blue-green algae – have been examined by a team of researchers working at London’s Natural History Museum, the University of Dundee, and the Brain Che...

Fresh Discovery findings could battle climate change

4 Apr 2018

Celebrating Dundee’s flat screen innovators

Their work directly led to the world of flat screens and smartphones we live in today. Now the pioneering work carried out by Professors Walter Spear and Peter LeComber at the University of Dundee in the 1970s and 1980s is to be recognised this week by the US-based Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (IEEE), the largest technical professional organisation in the world. A milestone plaque will be unveiled on Thursday 5 April at the university laboratories where Spear and LeComber carried out their experiments. The ceremony will be attended by visitors from around the globe. “The work of...

Celebrating Dundee’s flat screen innovators

4 Apr 2018

Graduate ready for ‘toughest footrace on earth’

A University of Dundee graduate is to take on the endurance feat of a lifetime by running an ultra-marathon in the baking heat of the Sahara Desert.Stewart Bell will experience temperatures of up to 50 degrees centigrade as he attempts to run more than 150 miles across shifting sand dunes and white-hot salt plains. The Dubai-based architect, who graduated with a Masters in Architecture from Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in 2007, will have just seven days to complete the six gruelling stages of the Marathon Des Sables, all whilst carrying his own supplies. The 35-year-old,...

Graduate ready for ‘toughest footrace on earth’

3 Apr 2018

Legendary illustrator to host Dundee masterclass

His work is familiar to generations of comic buyers and now Scottish artist Cam Kennedy is preparing to share some of the secrets of his craft at a special event hosted by the University of Dundee. He will be talking about his career as he conducts a live drawing masterclass at the Dundee Comics Creative Space on Wednesday 11 April. The comic illustrator will discuss his creative process and provide unique insights into his time working on famous titles such as Judge Dredd, Star Wars Dark Empire, and The Light and Darkness War. He has been invited to show off his skills by staff behind Dundee’s Maste...

Legendary illustrator to host Dundee masterclass

2 Apr 2018

Structure of Intellectual Disability protein solved

Scientists at the University of Dundee have identified the effects of a mutation that gives rise to a form of Intellectual Disability. Intellectual Disability is a type of developmental brain disorder in young patients which to date remains poorly understood and is incurable. Researchers in the School of Life Sciences at Dundee focussed on mutations in the OGT gene, which plays a critical role in protecting brain cells against stress. In patients harbouring OGT mutations, this protective effect is lost. In the new research, published in the journal Cell Chemical Biology, the team of Dundee scientists ...

Structure of Intellectual Disability protein solved